Cassandra Callaway, a former standout at the University of Albany, has been named an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Eastern Michigan University, Head Coach Fred Castro announced today, July 6.
“Cassandra played for me while at the University of Albany, so I got to see her work ethic firsthand,” Castro said. “She has been part of a championship program and her passion for the game is palpable. She will make an immediate impact with our guards and on the recruiting trail.”
Most recently, Callaway served as an assistant coach at Saint Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, N.J. There, she worked primarily with the guards, while also assisting with practice plans and various other responsibilities. Prior to her stint at Saint Anthony’s, Callaway spent a season as a volunteer coach at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J. In her lone season at Malcolm X Shabazz, Callaway created, developed, and implemented player workouts, oversaw game statistics, and assisted with practice plans.
A solid player at Albany, she helped the Great Danes improve in every season culminating with the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 2011-12. Overall, UA doubled its win total from her sophomore to senior seasons to finish with 50 victories in the three-year span. She finished her Albany career with 625 points, 116 assists, 81 steals and 44 starts.
During her senior season, Callaway averaged 10.8 points per game and shot a team-best 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The team went undefeated on the road during the America East Conference slate to post a 14-2 conference record. In the AE Tournament, Callaway collected all-tournament team accolades, after netting 23 points in the title game, while also handing out six assists.
In 2010-11, Callaway was tutored by Coach Castro as the Great Danes posted their first winning season since becoming a Division I program in 1999. She averaged 10.0 points per game while adding 42 steals and 39 assists.
Callaway began her collegiate career in 2008-09 at Daytona State College where she led the squad to a 20-9 record. An All-Mid-Florida Conference first-team selection after netting 12.2 points per game, her team was ranked in the top-10 of the Florida Community College Activities Association women’s basketball coaches’ poll.
A four-year letterwinner at Bayonne High School in Bayonne, N.J., Callaway was named the Hudson County Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger and a third team all-state selection as a senior after leading the squad to a 21-7 record. In her final season, she averaged 20.9 points, 2.1 assists, 2.5 steals and 3.1 rebounds as the team’s floor general.
Callaway graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the arts and sciences, communication and rhetoric, and a minor in business administration.Assistant Coach DI EMU